African Studies Speakers


Featured Speaker: Dr. Mary Getui, Visiting Scholar in Residence, Duquesne University

African Culture in the 21st Century- The Dynamics of ‘ The Alternative’

Featured Speaker: Dr. Anna Perkins, Visiting Scholar in Residence, Duquesne University

“Secessionist Maroons who have asserted sovereignty”: Accompong Maroons and the Jamaica State Today

Featured Speaker: Dr. Anna Perkins, Senior Programme Officer, Quality Assurance Unit, Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies, The University of the West Indies

The African Diaspora: Significance, Challenge, Opportunity

Featured Speakers: Jean-Michel Habineza, Executive Director at iDebate Rwanda & Anthony Wachs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University

Building Cultures of Civil Discourse

Featured Speakers: Waganesh Zeleke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Education, Duquesne University & Yemataw Wondie Yehualashet, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar in Residence, Center for African Studies, Duquesne University

Understanding Trauma in Context and Culture

Featured Speaker: Yemataw Wondie Yehualashet, Visiting Scholar in Residence, Center for African Studies, Duquesne University

Understanding U.S. Africa Relations: An Ethiopian Perspective

Featured Speaker: Obiageli "Oby" Katryn Ezekwesili, Ph.D., Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative

African Resiliency

Featured Speaker: Oyeronke Oyewumi, Professor, Stony Brook University

Decolonizing Knowledge: Re-Centering Africa and African Epistemologies in the Quest for Global Transformation 

Featured Speakers: Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Palumbo Donahue School of Business & Yang Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rangos School of Health Sciences

Exploring Africa-China Relations on Trade and Healthcare

Featured Speaker: Honorable Maria Wilson, Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago

Law & Healing: Lessons From the Rwandan Genocide

Père Jacques Laval C.S.Sp., Global Public Health Speakers


Feature Speaker: Dr. Andrew Simpson, Associate Professor of History, Duquesne University

Health and the Humanities:  What the Humanities and Liberal Arts Can Offer

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jim Withers, Founder, Street Medicine Institute Internal Medicine Teaching, Faculty of UPMC Mercy Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Go To The People: Street Medicine

Featured Speaker: Dr. Tomlin Paul, Dean of Research, Innovation and Quality at the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

Tipping the Scale: Social Accountability and Global Health Equity

Featured Speaker: Dr. Lisa López Levers, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LPC, CRC, NCC, Professor Emerita, Duquesne University

Indigenous Health Care: What I learned from African Traditional Healers

Featured Speaker: Michael Yellow Bird, CMT, MSW, PhD Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

A Brief History of Indigenous Health

Featured Speakers: Khlood Salman, Dr.PH, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Duquesne University; Sloane Davidson, Founder, CEO, Hello Neighbor; Ivonne Smith-Tapia, Director, JFCS Refugee and Immigrant Services

The Journey of Refugee Women; Addressing Health and Sociocultural Determinants During and After Resettlement

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kyle Wilby, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University

Beyond Cultural Competency: Applying the Minority Stress Model to Address System-Wide Change for LGBTAQI+ Health

Featured Speaker: Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Former Dean University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Global Health and Climate Change

Featured Speaker: Marie Smith-East, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duquesne University

Global Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Featured Speaker: Loretta Claiborne, Ph.D., Chief Inspiration Officer, Special Olympics International

I Too Have a Voice, Please Listen to Me!

Featured Speaker: Tiffany Gary-Webb, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Social Determinants of Health for African-Americans: Pre-COVID, During COVID, and Beyond

Featured Speaker: Vibhuti Arya, PharmD, MPH, Clinical Professor, St. John's University

Structural Racism and Health Equity

Featured Speaker: Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

Global Health Education and Engagement: First, Do No Harm